A big field, and at the odds, DANCIN INTHESTREET is the one to side with. She was unfortunate not to make a winning return when third at Haydock where she also looked well suited by her first attempt at five furlong. Every gap her rider explored closed on him, and Dancin Inthestreet finished with running left. She shaped well on heavy ground on her debut, so likely conditions shouldn’t be a problem, and she looks the value. Favourite Art Power is highly promising but the concession of a stone to Willie Haggas’ unexposed filly shouldn’t be underestimated.
The Wesley Ward-trained FLYING ALETHA couldn’t have been any more impressive when bolting up in her maiden at Gulfstream last month, making all to win by five and a half lengths. The step up to six furlongs won’t be a problem, and, for all her debut success came on dirt, her trainer has a good record when sending horses to Royal Ascot, so she is worth taking a chance on. Golden Melody, Mother Earth and Willabell are a trio of potential improvers who are likely to be in the mix for leading connections.
THE LIR JET was a convincing winner on debut in a minor event at Yarmouth this month, knowing his job but leaving the impression that he has even more to offer. He has since been purchased by Qatar Racing privately and he’s likely to run a big race provided a draw on the wing doesn’t inconvenience him too much. It is also worth noting that his first-season sire, Prince of Lir, also won this race on his second start in 2016. Comfortable Newmarket scorer Eye of Heaven looks the main danger ahead of Golden Pal.
ANTHONY VAN DYCK made a highly encouraging return when keeping on well behind the impressive Ghaiyyath in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket earlier this month, surpassing the level of form he achieved when winning the Derby last season. He looks set for a fruitful campaign, and a reproduction of that form will make him tough to beat here. Elarqam came of age in 2019 and has to be respected on his first try at this trip following a satisfactory return in the Brigadier Gerard, while the unexposed Hamish is a fascinating contender in likely testing conditions.
PIERRE LAPIN’s half-brother Harry Angel finished runner-up in a hot renewal of this in 2017 and Roger Varian’s exciting colt remains unbeaten following wins in a minor event and the Mill Reef last season. He was far from fully furnished last season, suggesting he will have much more to offer this year and, granted he handles the ground (both wins have come on good to firm), he should go very close. Wooded’s decisive win in the Prix Texanita at Chantilly last month is form worthy of serious respect, while Golden Horde brings a Group 1 placed effort to the table.
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There could be lots more to come from BORN WITH PRIDE on the back of her Kempton return when she wasn’t seen to best effect. She was very easy to back on that occasion, and shaped as though she was unsuited by the tight track. The form of her listed Newmarket win on debut has worked out well and she should relish this sort of trip. Berkshire Rocco chased home the impressive Derby-bound English King at Lingfield and has more to come up in distance. Santiago completes the shortlist.
WEST END CHARMER raced only three times last season, but he took his form to another level when running away with a class 2 handicap at Newmarket on his belated return 12 days ago. West End Charmer is potentially well treated turned out under a 4 lb penalty, and is taken to provide Mark Johnston with a fifth win in this. Medal Winner looked a smart prospect when making a winning handicap debut at Newcastle and is feared, along with Durston.
- 13:15 – DANCIN INTHESTREET
- 13:40 – FLYING ALETHA
- 14:25 – THE LIR JET
- 15:00 – ANTHONY VAN DYCK
- 15:35 – PIERRE LAPIN
- 16:10 – BORN WITH PRIDE
- 16:40 – WEST END CHARMER
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